Estate offers glimpse of another time

Fully restored Drumore Mill has four buildings, a waterfall and lots of possibilities

Civil War veteran James Cramer once operated a grist mill on a wooded, 30-acre estate along the Fishing Creek in southern Lancaster County.
Today that estate, known as Drumore Mill, is fully restored yet remarkably unchanged. And it’s also for sale.
The asking price of $995,000 includes four buildings, all restored to period by the current owner — the main residence, the mill and a cooper shop (both converted to living space), and a two-bay bank barn.
Then there’s the land, much of it wooded, bordered by the creek and preserved state lands, and including the Peach Bottom slate waterfall that once powered the mill.
The picturesque landscape includes rare trees, such as fringe and quince, along with mature walnut, weeping cherry and oak, thousands of daylilies and ivy-covered cliffs.
In all, Drumore Mill defines nature at its best, says listing agent Ashley Brunner of Brunner Burkhart Group, part of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.
Its setting offers privacy and an opportunity for stewardship of the land. At the same time, its covered pavilion and screened porches invite outdoor entertaining. In all, it’s perfect for the buyer who wants a peaceful retreat along with a piece of history.
“It’s something special, for sure,” Brunner says. “It’s a unique opportunity to own a classic estate … and to be transported back into the time period.”
Being transported back in time, however, doesn’t mean the property is in 19th-century condition.
“Everything is done,” Brunner says. “Mechanically, structurally everything has been completed and restored, so you can basically move right in.”
Here is a closer look at the buildings:
The mill: Overlooking the waterfall, the mill actually dates to the 1700s and features five bedrooms, one full bath and two half baths, along with a great room ideal for entertaining.
Combining old-world craftsmanship with updated comforts, the building includes exposed beams as well as newly installed central air-conditioning.
Residents can enjoy the soothing sounds and majestic views of the waterfall from an attached open-air pavilion perfect for large gatherings or from a more intimate screened porch.
The cooper shop: The stone fireplace once used to hand forge iron bands for wagon wheels and barrels is now the centerpiece of the living room. The cooperage also includes two bedrooms, one and a half baths and a private screened room overlooking a tranquil meadow.
The main residence: The three-story stone-and-clapboard home is currently divided into two separate living spaces but can easily be converted to one large home. One living space features three bedrooms and one bath; the other includes two bedrooms and one bath.
A new Burnham furnace was installed in 2013, and the residence has been freshly painted.
The residence also includes multiple screened porches and outdoor spaces for viewing the entire estate.
The barn: With upgraded electric throughout and original restored wood beams, the bank barn offers multiple options, from agricultural uses to private entertaining space.
To experience the Drumore Mill estate in person, visit the property, 1658 Harmony Ridge Drive, Drumore, during an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 26. Private showings are also available by appointment by calling 717-735-1323. For more information, visit drumoremill.net.
Directions:: From Route 272 south, take Route 372 West to Susquehannock Drive. Turn left on Susquehannock Drive, then left on Harmony Ridge Drive. Estate will be on the right.